Javier Escobal D`Angelo

Senior Researcher
PhD in Economic Development - Wageningen University

Javier has a PhD in Economic Development from the Wageningen University in Holland and an MA from New York University, where he also carried out doctoral studies in Economics. He is currently a Senior Researcher at GRADE and a Lead Researcher in the “Young Lives/Niños del Milenio” project, a long-term study that is also being carried out in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam. The project aims to follow more than 2000 children living in poverty in Peru during the first fifteen years of their lives.

Within the field of rural development, his recent work has focused on exploring the medium-term evolution of rural territories in the Peruvian Andes. On the topics of poverty and equality, he specializes in rural poverty, and in particular the role of public goods and services in raising living standards for the rural poor; and measuring several dimensions of inequality, paying special attention to the spatial polarization of incomes.

In 2000 he received, together with Máximo Torero, the Excellence in Development Research Award from the Global Development Network (GDN) for his research into the geographic dimensions of development. In 2001 he was awarded with a scholarship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for continuing his studies on the linkages between small-scale agricultural producers and the market economy. In the same year, at the Annual Conference of the GDN, he received the award of merit for best research in the field of infrastructure and development for his investigative work into the transaction costs of Peruvian agriculture. In 2016 he was awarded with the “Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Medal”, in recognition of his academic career linked to the agricultural sector.

He has been Advisor to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Board Member of Lima’s Municipal Company for Wholesale Markets, a member of the Advisory Board for Rural Development (the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Social Affairs), member of the Technical Standards Commission of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property (INDECOPI), and President of the Permanent Seminar for Agricultural Research (SEPIA) for the period 2011-2013. He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, member of the Fiscal Commitee, an independent board under the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), member of the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS), member of the Advisory Commitee for Estimating Poverty (INEI), and member of the specialized advisory group for the National Council of Competitiveness and Formalization.